LGP 990 (02) - Law Special Topics

LawSpcTop/Low Income Tax Prac

Law   Franklin Pierce School of Law :: General Practice (LAW)
Credits: 3.0
Term: Fall 2023 - Law (08/21/2023 - 12/15/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   12  
CRN: 16871
Special topics courses explore emerging developments in the law or take advantage of special expertise provided by visitors and guest faculty. Courses offered under this title are approved by the Associate Dean and may be designated to meet skills or advanced writing requirements. Special topics classes may only satisfy elective credit and are available only to law students after their first year of study and graduate students by permission.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits.
Instructors: Barbara Heggie

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/21/2023 12/15/2023 MW 9:00am - 10:30am UNHL 175
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This course will cover basic administrative federal tax practice, with an experiential component. Working under the guidance of 603 Legal Aid’s Low-Income Taxpayer Project, students will learn how to represent a client before the Internal Revenue Service in basic cases involving return preparation, return processing, refund traces, identity verification, identity theft, audits, collections, innocent spouse relief, and appeals. The central focus of the experiential component will be case handling, and students will primarily be assigned cases involving incarcerated people seeking help with missing stimulus payments. In addition to the casework necessary for handling their cases, the students will learn how to interview clients, gather and investigate relevant facts, work with the Internal Revenue Service, and track all case activity and documents in client case management systems. Students will also learn how to conduct outreach and education for low-income populations, network with local professionals to involve them in Pro Bono work, and advocate for systemic change within the Internal Revenue Service.